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Gossip

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on July 23, 2009

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PG just finished reading “Gossip“, by Christopher Bram. The Chamblee Library gets another thank you.

“Gossip” is the story of Ralph Eckhart. He works in a New York bookstore and has a few friends. One night, Ralph meets a man in Washington, D.C., in a computer chatroom. They arrange to meet.
The meeting goes very well at first, until Ralph and Bill get to know each other. Bill writes for a conservative magazine, and has a book coming out about the horrors of Hillary. Ralph, a liberal New Yorker, is not amused.

The romance goes on well enough, despite the misgivings of Ralph. Bill invites Ralph to a conference in Miami, and Ralph becomes even more upset with Bill’s lifestyle. Ralph decides to break off the affair, and sends Bill an angry email.

Bill appears on TV to promote his new book. At some point in the interview, he comes out. Bill does so in a clumsy manner, and the few people paying attention are upset. Bill phones Ralph to tell him that this coming out was for Ralph, and that he wants him back. Ralph says a few, poorly chosen, angry words. Ralph is not aware that Bill records his phone calls.

The next time the Ralph hears about Bill is when he reads of his murder. It gets more personal for Ralph later, when he is arrested for the murder. (spoiler alert) The reader should not worry. The charges are thrown out, and we learn who did the deed.

“Gossip” is fun for the nostalgia. It is set in the early nineties, in the infancy of the internet. No one has a cell phone, you unplug your phone to use your computer, and the Clintons are the worst people on earth. For a fairly apolitical southerner, the New York/Washington angle of the story reads like science fiction.

“Gossip” is a gripping story. You will be eager to see the next turn of the plot. After a while, though, you begin to wonder how real it is. After the trip to Miami, the plot turns get weirder and weirder. The reader does not worry about reality should have a good time.

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The Taxi Crash

Posted in Undogegorized by chamblee54 on July 22, 2009

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It was five years ago tomorrow. A friday like any other, which meant a spell of chaos at Redo blue. Things were starting to clear up about five, and PG had one more chore before he got out. A lady came in with a drawing, and PG groused that this was ten more minutes he would have to stay. That ten minutes may have saved his life.

There was a new school in Gwinnett County, and Redo was printing the plans. On this day it was a preliminary printing. The consultants were sending their work to the printer, who would assemble it. As is the custom, one of the engineers didn’t have their work on time.

Finally, the missing drawings came in an email. PG was going to run a copy of each, and assemble the set to scan and print monday morning. When working with electronic files, it is a mystery whether they will work. PG sent them to the printer, and stood, with his back to the front of the store, watching the first print come out.

PG saw a flash of white light, and heard a loud boom. He jumped up, and made some goofy sounds. There was no pain, and PG realized he was not hurt.

To get out of his work station, PG needed to walk by the front of the store. He looked through an opening and saw the front of a taxi in the lobby. Broken glass was everywhere, but no one had been standing in the lobby. ( The lobby usually had people in it, so this was a miracle) If PG had not had that 5 o’clock customer, he might have been walking out the door when the taxi hit.

West Peachtree Street and Fourth Street was the scene of this incident. West Peachtree had four lanes, and a traffic light every few hundred feet. The speed of the taxi was estimated at 75 mph. The passenger in the back suffered a broken leg. PG later saw a puddle of pink fluid under the taxi, and gasped until he recognized it as transmission fluid.

Once PG realized that it was not a bomb, he calmed down. There was a piece of the taxi that had been knocked off, which PG scooped up as a souvenir. PG called 911, and was told that help was on the way. A person had been counting money on a table, and ran out the door when he heard the boom. PG took some prints on the table, and placed it over the money. PG would be punished for this action on Tuesday.

There wasn’t a lot left for PG to do, but he was reluctant to leave. Finally, after the police and emergency personnel had come and gone, and the construction crew called in, PG left for the night.

People like to say what they would do in a situation. The blowhards of the world get off on that. They forget to include the details.

In the case of the taxi crash at Redo Blue, where you were standing made all the difference. If PG had been where the front counter man was counting money, he would have done the same thing, i.e. get out of the building as quickly as possible. But, where PG stood at the moment of impact, he had to walk by the spot where the taxi entered the building. He saw that there was nothing to fear, and started to make himself useful. There was not much that he could do. PG was not a hero, but did not need to be ashamed.

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A Never Ending Road

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on July 21, 2009

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Road building is the job of the government. Very few people question this fact. While there is corruption, inefficiency, and other big government problems, millions of motorists travel billions of miles on government roads every year.

Likewise, armed forces to defend America is the job of the government. Regulation of various markets, public education, and tax collection are all conceded to be the job of government. Perhaps it is time to include Health Care.

There is an ongoing debate about health care in America. There are many who say it is too expensive, and that we do not get a good return on our investment. There is profiteering, inefficiency, and unfair treatment of human beings. The ballooning cost is one of the problems with our economy. Will a Government takeover make things better?

PG has mixed feelings, as do a lot of people. The shrill voices of the naysayers are frequently financed by the health industry, who wants to keep a  license to print money. Those who do not trust government to do a good job cannot be ignored. But the fact remains that in many ways the system is broken. Too many people are without insurance. The medical/insurance oligarchy is notorious for playing games, at the cost of human suffering.

PG suspects that it is time for a “Paradigm Shift”. It is time to concede that health care is the domain of government. There are going to be rough spots in the transition. In the end, it is what needs to be done.

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Why Would Anyone Want The Job?

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on July 20, 2009

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PG got an email with a few “clever” pictures of BHO. They will not be reprinted today due to copyright issues. ( The edited picture he did print is from Proceed at Own Risk. )If you want to see a few, go to the source. While you are there, you might get a clue as to why BHO got elected.

The Repubs made a mess. We got mixed up in wars, where the only victories will be ruinously expensive. The economy is a mess. And yet, the “right wing” continues to point fingers, and play any number of rhetorical games. We were offered Sarah Palin as a Vice President.

On the other hand, BHO has a fanatic constituency now that is hypersensitive to criticism. It is going to be a long four years. The POTUS is a magnet for criticism, satire, humor, and meanness. It is just the way it is. BHO is a product of Chicago politics, and can more than take care of himself.

Yes, BHO is the first dark skinned President. He had a white mother, and his father was from Kenya. He is not the descendent of slaves. By the Jewish tradition… i.e. the children of a Jewish mother are Jews….BHO is white. And yet, African America claims BHO as one of their own. People are being set up for disappointment.

On the other side of the fair and balanced fence, the conservatives are a piece of work. PG looks at sites like iowntheworld and is reminded of how little he has in common with the conservative movement.

It makes you wonder why anyone would want to be POTUS. As firebug William T. Sherman said:

“If forced to choose between the penitentiary and the White House for four years, I would say the penitentiary, thank you.”

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Believe It Or Not

Posted in Religion by chamblee54 on July 19, 2009

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There seems to be something about Sunday that makes people want to talk about religion. By way of Andrew Sullivan, here is a story about Atheism and semantics from England. The money quote:
“Today one of the most insistent forces arrayed in opposition to us vocal atheists is the “I’m an atheist but” crowd, who publicly deplore our “hostility”, our “rudeness” (which is actually just candour), while privately admitting that we’re right. They don’t themselves believe in God, but they certainly do believe in belief in God. It’s not always easy to tell who just believes in belief, since the actions motivated by believing in belief”
PG just got a call from Uzi. It is a lovely July afternoon, and they are going to go walking. The first stop is Oakland Cemetery, although that may change. The semantic quagmire of belief in belief wil be waiting when we get back.

Later in the day, PG got home, and there was a message from Tracfone. His phone is ready to be activated. A call to a english challenged call center went through, and within an hour PG should have a new cell phone. Update…PG called the new phone from the land line, after posting this story, and it worked.

While he is waiting for India to follow through, PG is going to think a bit more about belief in believing. PG is more of a practice kind of guy, so talk about belief makes his head swim. It is like Barbra singing about people who need people.

Maybe the only appropriate thing to do is tell a joke. This is courtesy of funnyjokes.com.

An old hippie dies and goes to the Pearly Gates. St. Peter looks him up in his big book and says, “I’m sorry, but you’ll be going down to Hell.” The hippie, astounded, peers through the gates and sees G-d walking in the distance.
“G-d!” he says. “What gives? Remember that time I was tripping on acid? I saw you, and you said we’d be in Heaven together forever!”
G-d thought for a minute, then said, “Oh yeah, but I was drunk.”

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Twitter Surprise

Posted in Undogegorized by chamblee54 on July 18, 2009

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Saturday morning, PG woke up. Before long he was trolling the internet. He stopped by the Corey Lynxx youtube page. There was a video called “re:Are you Gay”. The sound quality is horrible, although he does have light on his face in this video. Asking Corey if he is gay is like asking him if he is from the south.

The Re: in the title means it is a response to something. In this case, the original “Are You Gay” is from a lady with the handle Spricket24. It seems like she was in a club one night, and a man was hitting on her. She looked at his pink cowboy boots and asked ” Are you gay?”. Later, the pink cowboy came to her table and was rude. The AYG? video has inspired 77 video replies, and been viewed 126k times. A reply called “Lesbian Toe Sucking” has been viewed 125k times.

PG had too much free time, and he went to the Spricket24 youtube page. S24 is a young lady from Minneapolis named Karen Alloy. PG did not think it noteworthy that her videos are shot from the neck up. Then he saw her twitter feed. This has been edited..

01. just uploaded a pic of me & LuLu on 13 hours ago
02. she squeaks in her sleep heheheabout 14 hours ago
03. sitting at the hospital is boring….about 14 hours ago
04. She scratched her face! Poor thing!about 17 hours ago
05. I could stare at her all day long. :) I’m SOOO happy!about 17 hours ago

06. my eyes are getting heavy… where my baby at?!4:39 AM Jul 17th
07. Holy shit! I heard a woman go “AHHHHH!” and then I heard a baby go “Waaaa” right after! A new baby people! LOL!4:29 AM Jul 17th
08. It made me feel stronger, more able, and def more loved! It was wonderful and FYI- you made me cry! <3 <3 <3 <34:26 AM Jul 17th
09. Thank you to everyone who supported me and showed their love for me during this whole process- especially last night! <34:25 AM Jul 17th
10. I got SOME sleep- but I’m awake like it’s Christmas morning and I have the best toy in the world to play with- my baby!4:23 AM Jul 17th

11. I just beeped the nurse and said, “Hi. Can I have my baby?” and she started laughing! Sooo funny!4:21 AM Jul 17th
12. Getting some more pain meds then back to sleep. Just nursed LuLu – she’s so adorable! <32:26 AM Jul 17th
13. 8 lbs 12 oz10:50 PM Jul 16th
14. LuLu born at 11:22 pm10:50 PM Jul 16th

15. iz numb cannot feel legs yea7:34 PM Jul 16th
16. getting the epidural soon :)6:33 PM Jul 16th
17. My water broke6:32 PM Jul 16th
18. my contractions are off the chart! LOL! They go all the way up on the monitor past the line! I’m still chilling thou :)4:29 PM Jul 16th

19. Ouchie! Ouchie! Ouchie!4:13 PM Jul 16th
20. Well the nurse said she’s coming back in 2 hours to break my water. hahaha Let’s get this started! :)3:10 PM Jul 16th
21. Having some painful contractions :)2:25 PM Jul 16th
22. Been awake now for awhile2:25 PM Jul 16th
23. I’m going to take a nap :)11:23 AM Jul 16th

24. video from the hospital http://bit.ly/vaFYf9:26 AM Jul 16th
25. In a room- in a gown- it’s coming soon- with a clown! bahahaha I’m on drugs!8:33 AM Jul 16th
26. I’ll tweet when I’m actually there and I know for sure it’s happening! HAHAHA geeze.6:41 AM Jul 16th
27. yea! Going back to the hospital! I have a 10 am induction now – it’s on the books! :D6:26 AM Jul 16th

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Boycott This

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on July 17, 2009

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There is a dandy little squabble going on right now. On the one hand there is Corey Lynxx. He makes videos without wearing a shirt, or lighting his face. He might have other talents, but that is not evident from his videos. Mr.Lynxx got upset with a local restaurant owner, and decided to call the man at work to discuss this problem. The restaurant owner, a man named Shaun, was busy at the time and declined to discuss Corey’s problem.

The next player in this miniseries is Andisheh Nouraee. Copy and paste is wonderful for Persian names, even when he is usually called Andy. Mr. Nouraee writes a column for Creative Loafing that PG seeks out every time he gets a copy. The column makes tries to make sense of the world beyond the lower 48, and manages to crack a joke or two along the way. Andy was offended by the manner in which Corey was dealing with his problem, and made a video of his own.

The next two entries in this exchange were made my Mr. Lynxx ( Which is a handle. PG is not sure what his “real” name is.) The video monger manages to light his face, not that it is especially attractive. He eats a sandwich and continues to talk. Numerous comments are made about the hirsute Mr. Nouraee. Apparently, Corey Lynxx does not like bears.

The last chapter, for now, of this melodrama shows Andy, speaking in the style of Chris Crocker. It is not as funny as his column. It should be noted that writing a column for publication takes a bit more skill that putting a talking head video on youtube.

Andy wrote a cover story at CL a while back about the best five blogs in Atlanta. A lady named Spacy Gracey was not included, and said lots of mean things about Andy. Nor was Chamblee54 mentioned.

Meanwhile, PG took a look at Andy’s twitters. A Federal Judge ruled in favor of Alabama and Florida, in the tri state lawsuit over the water of the Chattahoochee River. The Atlanta area has grown astronomically in recent years, without attending to the basic need of people for water. The Georgia legislature would rather worry about the State Flag, than provide water for the unstoppable development in the metro area. The Judge has ruled that Congress will need to solve this problem in the next three years.

You really have to look carefully at the fishwrapper to find this story. When PG opened the page to get this link, the headline about water was “below the fold”. Above it was a story about how
“Long, hot days have inspired these six cool cocktails. Bottoms up!” PG wonders about the priorities in Cox Country.

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Cusswords Part One

Posted in Religion by chamblee54 on July 16, 2009

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The wordpress homepage linked to a post on the benefits of “swearing”. Since Chamblee54 had a post about *donkeys* the other day, maybe this is a good subject to continue on. As before, this is a profanity light blog, and this discussion on cussing will not have any examples. If you do not know any of the words in question, then you need to get out more.

It seems like a grant monger at a university did a study. (PG thinks that people will believe anything if it is the result of a study or survey). The subjects were asked to hold their hands in freezing water. Half of the subjects were allowed to say a swearword of their choice, the other half said a non expletive control word. The cussers felt less pain. PG does not know how this was measured, or whether he believes it.

Mark Twain had a similar thought. “Under certain circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.” In an ironic twist, Mr. Twain published his books in an era when swearing in print was not acceptable. As a result, his novels are profanity free. ( It has been a while since PG read “Tom Sawyer”, and he may be mistaken about this).

The reference to prayer is another twist in this tale. Much of the objection to profanity is from Jesus Worshipers. These are people who consider the Bible to be “the word of G-d”. And yet, if you go to the Greek and Hebrew original texts, you will find every body part and reproductive act mentioned. It seems to PG that a ban on cussing is more of a social issue than a moral one.

Jesus Worshipers have the same anger management issues as non believers. PG has noticed that often JWs will use words like Jesus and G-d as a device for expressing displeasure. This does not speak well for either Jesus or G-d, and is a violation of the Third Commandment. Perhaps these believers would be better off to use words for body parts as insults, instead of a reference to G-d.

The subject of profanity is fertile ground for bloggers, and PG will return to it before long. Before we go today, there are a few more comments from the post that started this. The Mark Twain quotes page about profanity is valuable. (And if the opposite of pro is con, what is confanity?)

“The idea that no gentleman ever swears is all wrong. He can swear and still be a gentleman if he does it in a nice and benevolent and affectionate way.” Mark Twain

“There ought to be a room in every house to swear in. It’s dangerous to have to repress an emotion like that.” Mark Twain

“When angry count four; when very angry, swear.” Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar Mark Twain
“swearing is like perfume. used intelligently in small doses – it can enhance the meaning of a phrase. if it’s cheap and overwhelmingly applied – it can make you leave the room! kaiamaeve
“I must confess, I quite like swearing. But, like everything, try to do it in moderation. A good oath blurted out at the right time can really emphasize a message. I don’t think I know any adults who never swear, but I know many who rarely let out a good curse-word and, when they do, you know they really mean it. They make it count.” Andrew Berthoff
“I had my days at military school where I cussed like, well, a soldier, and I’ve also had my church-going days where I promised myself that I didn’t swear at all. Those days are both behind me now, and I really try to not swear very much because I think it makes me sound like an uneducated moron.” Nathan

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The Wheel Of Fortune

Posted in Religion by chamblee54 on July 16, 2009

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PG is making a sticker picture of a Grateful Dead album cover. The album is “Steal your Face”, and the image is the familiar thunderbolt across a skull. The project has made PG think about “the dead”.

There was a concert in Atlanta on Armistice day, 1971. The show was at the Atlanta Municipal Auditorium. PG has talked to dozens of people at that show, and heard hundreds of opinions. There was a controversy about police on the stage, with the band almost refusing to play. The Great Speckled Bird didn’t think it was that great, and said the only player that was up to par was Phil Lesh.

One person who did like it was someone we will call Hampton. He became “born again” as a Dead Head that night. When Hampton and PG were at UGA in 1973, they became friends. PG heard lots and lots about that night at the Auditorium. When a dead concert was announced for the newly opened Omni in 1973, PG got tickets the first day he could.

This was the first of six dead shows that PG would see, four at the Omni and two at the Fox Theater. Try as he might, a dead concert was never a life changing event for PG. By the time the band was playing at the Omni in the early nineties, PG had moved on to other things.

Hampton became less and less devoted to the band. The last time PG talked to him was a drunken get the phone book out night in 1986. Hampton had fallen asleep at the last dead show he went to.

In his book “The Doors of Perception” Aldous Huxley describes listening to a classical album under the influence of a psychoactive substance. He had the sense of hearing everything that was available to hear in the album, and pondered the concept of music made to be listened to while tripping, by musicians that were likewise tripping. This was written years before the acid tests in San Francisco. The house band for these evenings was the Grateful Dead.

PG always felt that the key to the band was Bob Weir. While Jerry Garcia is a brilliant picker, he was a bit of a wildman. Weir played counterpoint to Garcia’s leads, and lead him on and up. (Unbacked hearsay alert) Weir, according to Hampton, has been drug free since 1967. This is a contrast to the notoriously Fubar Garcia, and probably helped to ground Jerry.

There is a bulletin board in front of the lightbox where PG makes his pictures. On that bulletin board is a tarot card. The card is X, The Wheel of Fortune. This is a good image for this picture. It is based on circles, with red and yellow alternating and counterpointing like Garcia and Weir. According to the ancient Persians, Red is Fire and Yellow is Air. And what is fire but the combination of earth and air, to be controlled by water. The colors go round and round, like the Wheel of Fortune. There is no word on whether Vanna White…who lived in Atlanta in the mid seventies… is a Dead Head.


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Innovative Insulation

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on July 15, 2009

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While eating breakfast, PG perused something called “execution of the day“. On July 15, 1953, John Christie was hung in England. He was 54. Chamblee 54, who is 55, sees a pattern. The original source says it all better:
“Albert Pierrepoint was given the job of dispatching him, so Christie was hanged at Pentonville Prison on this day in 1953, aged 54.”
Mr. Christie lived at 10 Rillington Place, which was the title of a movie about his exploits. He was in the habit of murdering people and hiding the bodies in the house. He also had two middle names…his full handle was John Reginald Halliday Christie. He married a girl named Ethel Waddington. Do you have any trouble believing he was British?

The first known murder was in 1943. There was a war going on, and killing was quite the fashion. Mr. Christie had a girlfriend named Ruth Fuerst. She did not survive a nooner. In his eventual confession, Mr. Christie said
“‘I left her there in the bedroom. After that I believe I had a cup of tea and went to bed”. The story continues: “The second was in 1944 – a neighbour, who was convinced he was a doctor. He didn’t persuade her otherwise and the 32-year-old was gullible enough to listen when he told her to inhale some gas scented with friars’ balsam. The carbon monoxide rendered her virtually unconscious enabling Christie to have his way with her. As with Fuerst, he strangled her either before or during the rape.
You may be wondering what he did with these two bodies…he buried them both in the garden and in one report he may even have used one of their leg bones to support fencing.”

Things were quiet for a while…well not really, there was this family of three…but things were relatively quiet until 1952. At that time Ethel Christie met her maker, with the help of her husband. He wondered what to do with the body, until he saw  loose floorboards in the living room.

Within a few weeks, more women passed away, with his assistance, and were stored in various parts of the house. John Christie moved out of 10 Rillington Place. The new tenants complained about the aroma, and before long John Christie had a noose around his neck.

This charming story has some
” Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)”. These include: “Angry at God?” and “African American ex-computer hacker designs service to fake caller ID (PR).

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Ralph Anonymous

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on July 14, 2009

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Uzi sent PG a video this morning. It is a satire on Alcoholics Anonymous. It is for unpleasant people…in this video they are all males, with ethnic diversity. The name describing these people is a body part used for elimination. Since this is a profanity light blog, so we will call it assbleep. (The video bleeped the H word) It is a rude thing to say about donkeys.

After viewing the video, and the inevitable youtube suggestions, PG visited JoemyG-d. He saw a post about someone who needs to go to one of these meetings. This would be Ralph Reed.

Mr. Reed was for several years the Chairman of something called the Christian Coalition. It was a political organization that supported candidates that passed the smell test. After a while, Ralph Reed left the Christian Coalition to start his own firm, Century Strategies.

This is where the story gets personal to PG. There is an office space on Presidential Drive, down the street from the round hotel. Redo blue had a facility in this space, which employed PG. After a merger, Redo left the space. This was when Ralph Reed was starting Century Strategies. He rented the space on Presidential Drive for his new company. It gives PG a warm feeling to think that Ralph Reed’s assbleep has contributed to the same commode as PG’s assbleep.

Apparently, the independent consulting business is not what it should be. Mr. Reed ( his full name is Ralph Eugene Reed Jr.) wants to have something called the Faith and Freedom Coalition. As the man says :
“This is not going to be your daddy’s Christian Coalition. It has to be younger, hipper, less strident, more inclusive and it has to harness the 21st century that will enable us to win in the future.”
Something else that didn’t work for Mr. Reed is running for political office. In 2006, Mr. Reed ran for Lieutenant Governor in the Republican Primary. PG had to make a values decision. In the Democratic primary, Cynthia McKinney was running for re election. Here were two politicians who needed to retire, but PG could only vote against one. PG chose the Republican primary, and helped Ralph Reed spend more time with his family. In another act of electoral hygiene, the Democrats sent Cynthia McKinney to the Green Party.

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More Cap And Trade Chatter

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on July 13, 2009

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The Waxman-Markey bill, aka cap and trade, is more confusing and intimidating the more the PG hears about it. Talk to a dozen “informed” people and you will hear fifteen opinions. It is enough to make you want to kill a celebrity, so we can spend two weeks on the funeral.

According to “Andrew Sullivan” ( The trademark blog is run by employees while Sir Andrew does other things), Congress never saw a copy of the bill before it was voted on. A 300 page amendment was tacked on at 3am the day it was to be voted on. And thats not the best part.

“When Waxman-Markey finally hit the floor, there was no actual bill. Not one single copy of the full legislation that would, hours later, be subject to a final vote was available to members of the House. The text made available to some members of Congress still had “placeholders” — blank provisions to be filled in by subsequent language — including one for the regulation of climate derivatives. The last-minute amendments, too, had yet to be incorporated. Even the House Clerk’s office lacked a complete copy of the legislation, and was forced to place a copy of the 1,200-page draft side by side with the 300-page amendments.”

A few posts back on Sullivan, there was a proposal on atmosphere repair that was out of a bad sci fi movie. The idea is to pump sulfur dioxide into the air to offset the impact of carbon dioxide. Here is more about this gem.

“We may indeed already have the technological fix, though mysteriously it receives little attention. Sulfur dioxide, the cause of acid rain and the poster child for cap and trade–because the cap and trade program for sulfur dioxide has been a big success–is the opposite of a greenhouse gas: it cools the atmosphere by reducing the amount of sunlight that reaches the earth’s surface. Injecting relatively small quantities of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere would offset the effect of atmospheric carbon dioxide in heating the earth’s surface. The opposition of environmentalists to using a pollutant to combat global warming and therefore seeming to approve of pollution, and concern with the bad effects of increasing the amount of sulfur dioxide in the atmosphere (effects that might not be limited to a modest increase in the amount of acid rain), have thus far kept this option from serious consideration in political circles.”

The atmosphere on planet earth is a marvel, quite possibly unique in the universe. It supports a wide range of life forms, from amoebas to Bruno. This blanket of gas evolved over a period of billions of years. Man has changed it more in the last two hundred years than nature did in four billion before that.

Those numbers don’t mean too much like that, so lets put them into another form. Comparing 200 years to four billion years just takes a calculator. That is like comparing one minute to 38 years. What G-d created ( or nature evolved, or however you explain it), what took 38 years to create, industrial man has nearly ruined in one minute.

In the interest of showing how we got our numbers, here is the breakdown. Divide 4 billion by 200 and you get 20 million. Divide 20 million by 1440 ( the number of minutes in a day) gives us 13888 days. Dividing 13888 days by 365 gives us 38 years. Even if the earth is less than four billion years old, the fact remains that industrial man has destroyed in almost no time what took a long time to create.

Ok, so we are pumping way, way too much carbon dioxide into the air. Global warming may be the least of our problems. And now, Congress is going to reverse this damage by passing bills, with 300 pages of placeholders for future language. And if that doesn’t work, we might pump “relatively small quantities of sulfer dioxide” into the atmosphere.

It should be noted here that PG is neither a lawyer nor a scientist. He doesn’t know a whole lot of what he is talking about here, including the four billion year figure. He just lives on the planet, and depends on the atmosphere to live.

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